Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
because the Lord has a charge to bring
against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
no acknowledgment of God in the land.
There is only cursing, lying and murder,
stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
- Hosea 4:1-2
“When Ephraim saw his sickness,
and Judah his sores,
then Ephraim turned to Assyria,
and sent to the great king for help.
But he is not able to cure you,
not able to heal your sores.
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
like a great lion to Judah.
I will tear them to pieces and go away;
I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.
Then I will return to my lair
until they have borne their guilt
and seek my face—
in their misery
they will earnestly seek me.”
- Hosea 5:13-15
In our Sunday school class a week ago, we compared Israel in the time of Hosea to the world and specifically the USA of today. “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.”
The solution is simple as seen in countless “outpourings of the Holy Spirit” or “awakenings.” We must get to the point where we are so miserable that we seek God, repent of our sins, and get back on the straight and narrow path as a nation.
The question that was posed to the class, without any answer, was “Are we so far gone down the secular path that we cannot right the ship?” Have we gone too far in the wrong direction to see God anymore? Yes, some see Him, but as a nation? This could include any nation on earth, not just the USA. Some nations are much further down the secular path than the USA.
Our schools teach evolution, millions of years of the universe, the American Revolution without mentioning the Holy Spirit awakening, thirty years before, that caused the people to realize that they were not free and they desired to be free, and more such things. Why bring this up? We are forgetting God and forgetting our Christian ancestors in the name of separating church and state, but it requires more faith to be an atheist than it does to be a Christian. Evolution meets every definition of a religion. It is not science, and experimental science (real science) has already proven evolution, as the origin of life, to be impossible. Mark Lowry explains it, eventually, in this video, but his ADD method of getting there is funny too.
Yes, God created the Heavens and the earth and all that is in them, and man, in his zeal to run away from the Truth, continues to create such fantastic garbage, crams it down the throats of our children, and why? So that they can irradicate God from the next generation. It is probably due to everyone thinking that God is the God of the Ken Davis “comedy” routine. He describes God as someone who does not want us to have fun. He makes his point within the first two minutes of this seriously funny 10 minute video.
If God is the mean person who does not want Joy in the world, He might be someone who we should run away from, but the reason that we run away from a loving God who shares His Joy, is because we believe the lies that people tell about God. We see Ken Davis stomp his foot and believe the joke, but then we do not believe that God sent His own Son to earth to die for our sins so that if we only believed and trusted in Jesus we would not have to pay that sin penalty.
And the further we run away, the worse things get. Until we become so miserable that the only thing that we have not tried to cure our misery is the only One who can really cure it, God.
But is it too late? I do not think that God looked down, saw the people of the northern tribes of Israel in their sinful state, and as Ken Davis did on stage, stomped his foot. I do not think that God said, “Time is up! You have run out of chances.”
No, I think God read the hearts of man and knew that they were not ever going to turn around and ask Him for Mercy. Some may have when they were being carted away into exile, but as long as they thought they were in control of the situation, they were not going to repent. Even when they did think things were bad, they made an agreement with the Assyrians as the Scripture above states. In the later chapters of Hosea, they also made an agreement with the Egyptians. They were playing both sides of armed conflict against the middle, but what was in the middle? They were!!!!
I know what you are thinking, and if God had the Israelites sent into exile, because they were stupid, none of us would be around anymore.
But back to our present situation, how much misery will it take to turn to a God that, as a nation, we do not believe in anymore? Sure, there are pockets, but then you get Abraham’s argument with the Lord in Genesis 18. Will God save our nation if there were only one hundred true believers left? What about fifty? Frankly, there are more than that, I think, but for the most part, they are silent. Could they be afraid of being called an idiot because they still believe all those stories from when we were kids? No, I do not believe there is a boogie man in the closet, but I am certain that Jesus lived, died, arose, and is living.
Who is with me? Can we all call upon God to heal our land, each for his / her own nation, and the world? Are we not in more turmoil than the post World War II awakening when we were worried about nuclear annihilation? Are we not more in turmoil than when the banks were about to crash in the early 1800s and people feared losing everything, yet turning to God and finding everything that they needed in God during that awakening?
While we must pray and vote for the candidate, or party, that will not take our freedoms away, those freedoms that Christians need in order to more easily spread the Gospel, we need to realize that repentance of the nation is required. No leader will accomplish this other than Jesus Himself. The election can make things worse; our Savior is not found there.
And our nation’s salvation (any nation’s salvation) can only be found in repentance and turning to Jesus, and that goes for each individual as well.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.